Thursday, February 17, 2011


I'm so excited for next week.
It's a very important week.
It's the week before we close on our house.
It's the week I plan to relax, do some packing, and do a lot of scrapbooking.
It's Late Winter Break at all the schools where I substitute teach!

That's right. I've got 9 days off. It's going to feel like a pause in the middle of a very hectic time -- and we still have a lot going on. We've got a birthday party on Saturday afternoon/evening, a planned visit with Rachel after the party, our normal Sunday church activities (service, serving in the preschool class, and Bible study group), and then our builder walk-through on Monday. That Friday, I've got an afternoon/evening crop at church, too. After the nine days off, I'll be subbing again, getting the house ready, and taking care of all the little details involved with moving from a two bedroom apartment into a four bedroom house.

A week after we close, a friend of ours reports to Atlanta for training at Trevor's company. We're waiting to hear if another friend will be joining him, and whether their time in Atlanta will be permanent or temporary, as the airline announced yesterday they'll be opening a new base in Detroit. We have tentative plans for guests in March, a wedding at the beginning of April, a chance to meet up with my sister in DC the day after that wedding (during my Spring Break), then six weeks of school left - part of which, I will miss because my cousin will be graduating high school in North Dakota the weekend before school is out here.

Between the sub jobs, the guests, the travel plans, and the house stuff, my planner is never far from my sight. I feel like I've written in something new several times a day, every day, since we began the house hunting process. The week off, the week with no school, will definitely feel like a much needed pause, and I can't wait.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

One Little Word 2011: February Update

I have made huge progress with my word, Move. I made an appointment to see our realtor (a good scrapbooking friend) towards the end of January. This spurred us to get pre-approved for a home loan and really look at our options. Once we were pre-approved, we saw 12 houses. Our third house, the one pictured above, was simply it. It was the only one that I could picture myself coming home to after a long day of work. I could picture pulling into the garage, going inside, hanging up my coat, and putting away my bag. It just felt like home.

At this point, we've still got to get an inspection and an appraisal, and we close at the end of February. Our last day at our apartment is April 5, so we likely won't be moving until sometime in mid to late March. I'll be spending the Super Bowl organizing my office and scrapbook room, trying to get it perfectly clean and organized before I start purging supplies and packing things up for the move.

I think I'm going to start working on a couple projects for our house in the coming weeks. I'd like to do some DIY decorating, and I'd like to do a scrapbook specifically about our home -- from the buying process to the moving, decorating, and settling in process. I remember Becky Higgins once had an album that was a sort of guest book for her home, and I like that idea. Living where we do, so far from our families, I think a guest book album would be kind of fun. We already have a few guests on the docket for when we move in, so I'd like to have the frame work at least designed before I move in. I'm thinking an 8x8 album, as I have a few on hand already, thanks to some great finds on Chatterbox at the dollar and more store in my hometown and on American Crafts at Big Lots last spring.

I'd like to close by thanking you all for the kind words on my last post. A has not been far from my mind in the last month. A couple weeks ago, they erected a cross with his name at the site of the accident, along a road I travel several times a week. It has had flowers and gifts there ever since it was erected.